Amazing Facts

Facts on Crane Birds

  1. The diet of a crane varies; depending upon the
    species, but usually includes small rodents, fish, amphibians, insects,
    grain, berries and plants.

  2. Amongst the endangered species of cranes are
    Whooping Crane, Florida Sandhill Crane, Siberian Crane and Mississippi
    Sandhill Crane.

  3. Cranes are monogamous birds, which usually
    remain with a single mate, till either of them dies.

  4. Hunting and habitat destruction comprise of
    the biggest threats to the population of cranes.

  5. Cranes are social birds, which are usually
    found living within large flocks.

  6. All the species of cranes have been protected
    by international agreement.

  7. Eurasian Crane is the highest flying crane,
    reaching an altitude of approximately 32,800 feet.

  8. The rarest species of cranes is the Whooping
    Crane, whose population has gone down to less than 500.

  9. Whooping cranes have been known to fly as far
    as 500 miles in a day.

  10. In some areas of Asia, a few species of cranes
    are considered to be sacred.

  11. It has been seen that cranes usually build
    their nests in marshy areas.

  12. The elongated trachea of a crane enables it to
    produce sounds that can be heard at great distances.

  13. During the period of mating. Cranes take part
    in an elaborate dance, involving fast steps, tall leaps, stretching and
    even bowing.

  14. The chicks of a crane grow very quickly and
    develop their flight feathers within 2-4 months of being born.

  15. Cranes use different types of calls for the
    purpose of communication. They also follow a fairly elaborate system of
    body language, for the same.

  16. The chicks of whooping cranes sleep standing up.

  17. Sandhill cranes get their red crown only after
    they reach the age of 7 months.

  18. Fossils of Sandhill Crane, dating back to
    6,000 years ago, indicate it to be the oldest species of bird alive.

  19. Whooping cranes have 20 bones in their necks and have been named
    so for their loud, bugle-like call.


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